In the spring semester, the dance department faculty
choreographs the annual faculty dance production. The faculty create
in all the disciplines taught through
the dance department (ballet, jazz, tap, and modern).
Students audition during the fall semester for the upcoming
spring concert. They audition for any number of choreographers, and
if elected they may participate in a maximum of two pieces, with
the exception of freshmen who may be cast in only one piece. Those
who cannot audition
time need to contact the choreographer to arrange an audition time.
The final casting is a full faculty effort. There is no guarantee
will be cast in a piece, regardless of your year in school. Once
casts are determined, rehearsal schedules are assigned. Rehearsal
times are exclusive
of scheduled class times. All cast members are expected to adhere
to the final schedule. This may require remaining on campus through
break period at the discretion of each faculty choreographer.
The professionally run dance concert offers a great opportunity
for learning about dance production and professional work ethics in the
most visible and popular performance opportunity on campus. The production
is enhanced by the talents of professional costume and lighting designers
and staged at the Knickerbocker Theatre.
StrikeTime is a touring student dance company under
the tutelage and direction of Linda Graham and Nicki Flinn. The students
involved develop a unique script and choreograph short works for
the script in
the various dance disciplines to provide K-6th grade children a learning
experience and exposure to dance. The company provides students with
an opportunity to learn about company dynamics and responsibilities,
as well as a firsthand experience in teaching young children.
Interested students may audition to work under the guidance
of Maxine DeBruyn in creating and performing sacred dance in chapel
and area churches.
The theater department offers other opportunities for performing in the genre of musical theater. Interested students may audition for these productions and further expand their performance skills in dance and song.